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This past April, the West Fargo High School, with assistance from the Packer Backers and a number of sponsors, installed a new, 8-foot by 9-foot state-of-the-art video board above the south gym entrance in the gym. It is the first of its kind in a North Dakota high school gym. After a full semester, the possibilities of its use - ranging from athletic to educational - are seemingly endless. "We've had a big push, nationwide and at the state level, to prepare students for the 21st Century," journalism teacher Jeremy Murphy said.
Dr. David Dobmeier, longtime dentist at Elmwood Family Dentistry in West Fargo, plans to retire from full-time practice, effective on Dec. 27. The Barnesville, Minn., native earned his undergraduate degree at Moorhead State College (now MSUM) before graduating from the University of Minnesota's School of Dentistry. After a few years stationed in Germany and Colorado Springs, Colo., he began his practice in West Fargo on Sept. 1, 1984. "The town of West Fargo was only about 4,000 people at that point, and everything south of 13th Ave. was empty," Dobmeier said.
Both the Packers boys' and girls' basketball team ended their first week of the season with a .500 record, as both teams lost to Fargo Shanley on Thursday before beating Devils Lake on Saturday. The state runner-up Packer girls fell to the Deacons 56-47, and beat the Firebirds 66-52. The boys lost to Shanley 75-56, then beat Devils Lake 65-56. In both games, the girls were led by senior guard Christine Baltezore, who had 10 points in the first game and 14 in the second. Senior Lexi Lennon had 13 points in the second game, junior Shelby Gustafson had 12 and junior Amanda Levin had 11.
The Packers girls' hockey team continued its winning ways last week, topping Fargo North 7-1 on Tuesday at the John E. Carlson Coliseum before beating Fargo South-Davies 4-3 at Scheels Arena on Saturday for their sixth straight victory to start the 2012 season. In Tuesday's game against the Spartans, forwards Kelly Krahn and Chelsea Wangen each had two goals. Krahn also had an assist on a goal scored by Hayley Walsh in the second period. Goalie Andrea Klug had 14 saves in Tuesday's competition.
The Packers boys' hockey team had a solid week, winning against Grand Forks Central 6-3 on Tuesday and then beating Fargo South-Shanley 3-1 on Saturday. Down 1-0 after the first intermission against the Knights, the Packers rallied, scoring three goals in the second period and another three in the third to seal the victory. The team was led by seniors Blake Nelson and Logan Matzke, both of whom had a goal and an assist. Goalie Bailey Vareberg had 28 saves against the Knights.
The Packers wrestling team traveled to Rochester, Minn., over the weekend to take on some of the best teams in the nation - including St. Michael-Albertville and Apple Valley - in the Rochester Christmas Tournament, and finished sixth as a team with a score of 160.5. Highlighting the event for the Packers was senior Preston Lehmann, who took first place in the 182-pound division. Sophomore Jordan Shearer finished second in the 126-pound class, and sophomore Weston Dobler took third at 145 pounds.
The West Fargo school district, and the community as a whole, was struck with overwhelming tragedies late last week, as the West Fargo High School lost three members of its student body. Sophomore Tessa Miller passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning at Essentia Hospital in Fargo. The following morning, junior Ian Alves died at 8:45 a.m.at Sanford Health in Fargo, after an 18-month battle with two forms of terminal cancer. Both Miller and Alves were 16 years old. Also on Friday, 18-year-old senior Levi Schulz died of injuries he suffered in a vehicle accident. According to Assistant West
In Monday's meeting, the West Fargo School Board awarded bids for the purchase of three new school buses for the district. The district's 2012-2013 budget set aside $285,000 for the purchase of three buses, and they have requested bids for one wheelchair-equipped school bus and two activity mini buses.
The West Fargo girls' hockey team has started the season right, winning its first four games, including two last week. On Tuesday, the team hosted the Grand Forks Knightriders, beating them 4-3. Friday's game was not as close, as the Packers topped the Bismarck Demons 3-0. The team was led by senior forward Hayley Walsh against Grand Forks. She netted two goals - one in the first period and one in the second - in the victory. The rest of the team's goals came from junior Kelly Krahn and eighth-grader Janey Sandoval, both the the third period.
The West Fargo boys' swim team began its season on Friday with a victory, topping the Fargo Davies Eagles 107-78. The Packers got individual victories from Matt Montplaisir (200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle), Ethan Doll (200 Medley, 100 Butterfly), Cole Holoien (100 Freestyle) and Stephen Hulbert (100 Breaststroke). The team also earned victories in the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays. The 200 Freestyle team consisted of Holoien, Jacob Nygaard, Jarod Smith and Montplaisir, while the 400 Freestyle team consisted of Montplaisir, Holoien, Carson Keller and Doll.